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Is traditional sightseeing in Rome boring? To be honest, I find it really confusing when people say they find Rome boring. In my opinion, it’s one of the most exciting cities in Europe, and there are lots of fun things to do in Rome.
The first time I traveled to Rome was on a school trip in the summer of 2000.
Unfortunately, our teacher thought it would be a great idea to stay at a convent where rules mandated that we had to be in our rooms by 11 pm. So yes, my first trip to Rome may not have been as fun as I would have liked.
But I’ve since been back to Rome and have some recommendations for what to do and see.
1. Go for a Romantic Stroll Through the Center of Rome
Rome is a city that you best explore walking. It’s such a joy to stroll around the city and take in the architecture and the atmosphere. Rome is also such a romantic and beautiful city that ywalking around is one of the best things to do in Rome. You get to see so much more when walking and eventually start dreaming about what your life in Rome would look like. To up the fun factor you could join a segway tour.
2. Visit Ostia Antica
I’m not that big on archaeology and would certainly not consider an archaeological site “fun.” But when we talk about fun things to do in Rome Ostia Antica is an absolute must for how well-preserved it is. You get to see bathhouses, apartments, a temple, and offices and imagine what life must have been like thousands of years ago!
3. Explore Trastevere
Trastevere is by far my favorite neighborhood, and visiting Trastevere is one of the most fun things to do in Rome. It’s a colorful and lively neighborhood you can’t help but fall in love with. There are some super cute shops and cafés here, and despite its popularity with younger people and tourists alike, it’s not yet overflowing with hipsters. The narrow cobblestone alleys of Trastevere invite you to stroll around for hours and maybe buy some quirky artwork. Make sure to walk up to Gianicolo Hill for an amazing view of Rome and the Vatican! It’s also the best spot to see the fireworks on New Year’s Eve.
4. Eat Some Delicious Vegan Food
Italian cuisine is famous all over the world for some of the most delicious dishes imaginable. But fellow vegans don’t have to worry. There are a lot of vegan options at non-vegan restaurants in Rome. And there are even several fully vegan restaurants for you to indulge in some amazing Italian food.
5. See Some of the Street Art
Did you know that the word graffiti is Italian and that drawings on walls were popular in the Roman Empire? Well, of course, contemporary graffiti is completely different. But this form of art has become popular all over the world. So, of course, Rome is also a wonderful place to see graffiti and street art. There’s even a graffiti and street art tour if you want someone to provide more background information on each piece. But even strolling around the city will introduce you to this colorful art form.
Would you like to go to Rome?